21 July Newsletter 2023


1st July 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,


A message for Year 6 Parents and Pupils

Today is an important day, and I’m sure you have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, you feel pride that your child is growing up and taking on the next adventure in their learning journey. But on the other hand, you can remember the child you held in your arms, and all their ‘firsts’…their first word, their first tooth, their first day in Reception Class. For some of you, you have another child in our school, and you will still be a daily part of our school community. For others, you are leaving today and saying farewell to St George’s. Either way, I hope you are all leaving with lots of joyful memories. We are so grateful that your entrusted your children to us. We have loved and cared for them as we care for our own. They have enriched our school for many years now, and in their final year here, they have led the school with grace and quiet confidence. I know you must be as proud of them as I am. They are so many things…kind, caring, hardworking, friendly, outgoing, energetic, talented, funny, motivated, giving, resilient and big-hearted. They are St George’s children, through and through. As a staff, we are all very sad to see them go, but we know that an exciting adventure lies ahead of them. We hope that they will take a little bit of St George’s with them as they grow. We hope they take fond memories with them, and life-long friendships as well. We hope that they will come back to visit us, because it will bring us great joy to see them again and to find out how they are doing. But for now, it is time for them to take one more step along the road. And as they take that step, we want to wish them the best of luck in all they do. And remember,


Once a St George’s child, always a St George’s child!


This Week in School

We made it…and what a last week it was! As you would expect, there was very much a focus on the wonderful pupils in Year 6. They performed in the fantastic Year 6 Production, and it really was a showstopper! I was truly in awe of how confident and talented they are. They really let their lights shine brightly. It is a fantastic sign of things to come, and I have a feeling we may see some of these shining stars again on the stage or screen!

On Wednesday, the Year 6 pupils led a beautiful Leaver’s Mass, and it was a very poignant way to finish their last celebration as a class in our Church. They really were a credit to their parents and the school, and I would like to thank them for setting such a wonderful example for our other pupils. On Friday, the whole school attended the Leaver’s Assembly, and it was a tearjerker. Yet again, the children did us proud! It was a definite case of sadness, tinged with pride, joy and a little excitement for a future that looks bright for our wonderful pupils. Thank you to the Year 6 pupils, parents, and staff alike for their contribution to our school community. We will always remember you.  


A Farewell

We have a few staff who are leaving us today to take on their next challenges – namely retirement, further education at college / university and new adventures in a new school! We would like to thank them for their hard work and effort in their time at St George’s, and for all they did to support and care for our pupils. They will be very missed, and we wish them all the best in their new adventures!



The school will be closed to pupils on Monday 4th September for an INSET day, but staff will receive training that day.

The school will be open for all pupils on Tuesday 5th September, and we would remind parents that our one-way system is still in place, and that there is no longer parking at the Catholic Centre or at Church for pick up and drop off.

On Wednesday 6th Sept we will have our Start of Year Mass in Church at 9.30 am and this will be led by our current Year 5 (soon to be Year 6) pupils and their new teacher, Mr Hughes. Parents are very welcome to attend this Mass.


I have spoken to Fr Tom regarding queueing in the lane at drop off and pick up times. Fr Tom has assured me that he does not want any parents to receive a fine and therefore has agreed to investigate extending the queueing time to 40 minutes. This means that once you enter the lane, you have 40 minutes to pass through the St George’s gate which is situated at the bottom of the lane and leads into our car park/playground. I hope this reassures our school community.

Please do be mindful of the new system for parking at the Church and Catholic Centre when you return to school in September, to avoid an unnecessary fine.


Holiday Clubs

I have included dates and information below for some additional holiday camps being held at St George’s School this summer.


Best wishes for a fantastic summer,

Edwina McDonnell






Mr Chidgey’s Summer Holiday clubs


Tuesday 8th August

Wednesday 9th August

Wednesday 16th August

Wednesday 23rd August


9pm – 3pm – drop off available from 8.45am


£25 per day.


The day will include – Basketball, Dodgeball wars, Football, Tennis, Jailball, Rounders.

The day will also include Swimming.

You will need!

Packed lunch, Water bottle, Swimming kit, Sun cream, Sun hat.


To book please email - jakechidgey@gmail.com – Payment will be required prior to the event.


Mr Chidgey




Girls Football training & Boys football on the following dates.


25th & 26th July Girls Football & Boys Football (Lead: Mrs Ely)


1st & 2nd August Girls Football & Boys Football (Lead:  Mrs Ely)


15th August Girls Football & Boys Football (Lead: Mr White)

Times: 9am - 3pm (Drop off from 8.45am).


Cost: £25.00


The day is to follow a similar format as previous girls events which includes swimming in the afternoon.


Please note interest on the following web form:





Upcoming Dates:  

Monday 4th September – INSET Day – SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday 5th September – SCHOOL OPEN

Wednesday 6th Sept - Start of Year Mass in Church, 9.30 a.m. Parents welcome.